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The Mandarin classes with Ken are very comfortable and fun. The class ratio is ideal and I always leave having learnt so much. I look forward to continuing my journey with Lyrebird.
February 17, 2020
I started with Mandarin HSK Level 1 and loved it, and have now moved onto Mandarin HSK level 2. The classes are nice and small so you really get that one-on-one learning allowing you to get the best practice and support. Ken is a great Mandarin teacher and very patient. I would recommend Lyrebird Language Centre to anyone who wants to learn Mandarin.
June 06, 2020
Lyrebird and Elli have been wonderful. We returned from the US and our eldest Hamish (14) wanted to learn Mandarin despite not having studied the language. Starting in term 4 we engaged Elli for private tutoring and Hamish achieved a B+ and a personal email from his teacher commenting on how helpful his tutoring was in bridging the gap. We highly recommend Lyrebird!
December 06, 2020
I am so happy to have found Elli as my tutor!! After attending a 3 month mandarin course at University I struggled to even introduce myself in mandarin and lost faith I’d ever be able to learn the language. However, after just 2 lessons with Elli I felt much more confident in my speaking and writing. Now over 10 lessons in with Elli I could not recommend her more highly. I look forward to learning from her for many years to come. If anyone is thinking of trying to learn a language I would strongly suggest booking a lesson with her, you will not regret it.
January 10, 2019
Elli is the most incredible language tutor I’ve ever had. I started off our Mandarin lessons as a complete beginner and already I feel greater confidence speaking Mandarin than I do speaking Russian (which I’ve studied for three years now at university). She just really gets to the crux of every linguistic challenge and gives such simple explanations and instructions to help — all the while being the most patient and encouraging teacher in the world. I’ve only been studying with Elli for the better part of a semester, but I know already how indispensable she is to my learning, and I look forward to studying under her tutelage for years to come. She is the warmest, wisest teacher, and really does go the extra mile every single lesson. You’re wonderful, Elli! 🙂
September 20, 2018
I took on the daunting task of teaching introductory Japanese, with no Japanese language experience myself. I required personalized and intensive tutoring. I found this at Lyrebird Language Centre. I now feel confident to continue my studies and to teach the basics to my students. I feel very supported; knowing that Lyrebird Lang. Centre will assist me with my studies and with any questions, I have in the future. This ongoing and personal support is amazing and I am so thankful to have found such a wonderful tutor.
January 16, 2018
I highly recommended Elli as your Chinese tutor. She teaches my 2 kids,9 and 6 years old and I find her very patient, and strict on her class. She ensure all kids participate and understand what she teaches in the class. Her follow up homework also very helpful and comprehensive. Overall,I am very impress with my kids performance and Elli is my preference mandarin teacher for kids from all ages.
May 14, 2020
My daughter has been studying Chinese at HSK1 level and now HSK 2 with Ken for almost 12 months and has enjoyed the course and the tuition immensely. Ken is an excellent teacher with vast experience, and I have total confidence that my daughter is getting the best tuition in Brisbane. After our school removed Chinese from their curriculum offering, we started group classes with Lyrebird and haven’t looked back. I would recommend this school to anyone who is wanting to learn Chinese for pleasure or to support their formal studies. Elli is also a wonderful teacher and supporter.
Alisa Cork
May 09, 2020
Elli is an excellent teacher and my 8 year old truly enjoys her classes. I am so impressed by how much she has learned in the last 12 months of lessons. Elli focuses carefully on learning to write Chinese characters and correct pronunciation and I can definitely see the value in this.
June 03, 2020
The teachers are warm and empathetic language teachers and use the HSK accredited teaching standard. My little guy now getting big, studied mandarin for some years before joining Lyrebird each Saturday and I am very impressed! The program is organised and thorough with a focus on speaking and listening and using mandarin but does not neglect reading and writing. I was glad of this as I believe, having seen my son that children from non Chinese backgrounds do not struggle with characters the way adults from non Chinese speaking backgrounds do. Our family goal is for my son to be able to read and write HSK accommodates all these things! I do not have a Chinese background and it is a relief to place our child with quality teachers and not worry about the standard of teaching and if its acceptable in china. Above all his is not resenting a small amount of time early on Saturday and is enjoying it! That is half the battle,
J Carstens
May 22, 2021
I highly recommend the Sunday Children’s Japanese class. The Sensei is amazing and has a really great method of teaching children – somehow she manages to get children working really hard while also, really enjoying an hour long class. In a short space of time, I have seen a great improvement in my children’s japanese as well as their study habits. If you have primary school children and wish to complement what they already do at school, this is the class to target – a superb Sensei whose energetic, hardworking, patient, sets high expectations for the children and is most entertaining as well. 5 stars from us!!!
February 16, 2020
My 7 yo daughter has finished her first term of beginner Mandarin with Elli. It’s been an amazing time watching my daughter go from zero language skills to complete sentences. She has enjoyed the new skill and now loves trying to translate the Mandarin characters that are on the shops in the Valley Chinatown. Elli is a committed teacher and loves to teach. The class sizes are not too big and everyone is very friendly. I highly recommend Elli’s classes.
The teacher has been teaching my children Mandarin for over 7 years. We could not be happier with the results. She has a genuine desire to see her students succeed and goes above and beyond for them. She also demonstrates a genuine love of language teaching and her enthusiasm leads to a wonderfull learning environment. We cannot recommend Elli highly enough.
June 30, 2016
My child has done Mandarin before, but they always felt it was a bit of a chore. They are enjoying Elli’s class so much more than their old class. The instructions Elli gives are very clear, and my child is making much better progress and consolidating their learning because of her clear expectations and positive reinforcement. As a non-Mandarin speaking parent, I appreciate that the homework is very clear! I am also pleased that under Elli’s guidance they are working towards passing formal assessment – my child finds this much more motivating as we have few opportunities to practice Mandarin conversationally.
May 11, 2020
Ken and his colleagues have been teaching our daughter for close to a year now. You can tell that they are clearly dedicated to the individual success of all their students and want them to advance. Our daughter thoroughly enjoys the lessons, but more importantly, has shown that she is using her learned skills outside of the class room and in everyday life. Ken & team – thanks as always. Keep up the great work and we look forward to many more lessons to come 🙂
May 14, 2020
My daughter has had a passion to study both Japanese and Chinese throughout her secondary years. Over time, particularly in regional areas language programs have been reduced due to a lack of student numbers. Enjoying the languages and cultural elements my daughter decided to continue to be able to utilise these languages in future employment. We have found the Lyrebird support extremely beneficial to her senior studies. The teachers are knowledgeable, supportive and flexible with classes. My daughter also enjoys working with other students who share the same goals to complete HSK and JLPT courses for recognition of language skills.
February 28, 2021
I take my six-year-old granddaughter, Savannah, to Chinese lessons every Sunday morning run by the Lyrebird Language Centre. The capacity for future Australian’s to be fluent in more than one language is critical for our ongoing success as a nation. Further, the economic importance of China is just going to grow as we move forward. We will not be able to interact meaningfully with China unless we understand its language and culture. I have been delighted with Savannah’s teacher, Elli, for two primary reasons. First, Elli has real empathy for her students and secondly, sets a rigorous standard for success. Homework is delivered each week promptly following Sunday’s lesson, and it is realistic and engaging for students to get their teeth into and succeed. I can highly recommend Elli and the Lyrebird Language Centre.
Michael Edward McManus
November 03, 2020
Our Mandarin teacher has many years of teaching experience which has enabled her to adapt to meet the changing needs of the students as they progress. We focus on speaking using common sentence patterns. This class would suit the needs of those who wish to learn Chinese for either travel or business.
August 19, 2017
After attending the Mandarin class for one semester, I walked out of the test centre aceing the HSK 1 exam! Ken is a wonderful teacher, and I can’t wait to start another semester with Lyrebird and keep moving towards my HSK 3 goal!
October 01, 2019
I highly recommend Elli to anyone looking for a Chinese teacher for their kids. My son who is 4 years old used to show resistance learning a new language. After starting lessons with Elli, I could see obvious improvement. More importantly, he is not resistant to learning Mandarin anymore and in fact looking forward to Elli’s class every week. I truly respect Elli’s dedication and love towards teaching.
August 26, 2018
I was trying to teach myself Japanese with online courses and not really getting anywhere, so I started a 10 week beginner Japanese course and it’s just fantastic. The teacher Elli is very patient and willing to explains over again until it clicks. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn Japanese!
August 24, 2016
I received my first Chinese lessons with Elli as a birthday gift. I didn’t stop since. Elli is a genuine person and a great teacher. She adapts her teaching to my specific needs and personal interests. Highly recommended!
May 08, 2018
The teacher has been a great teacher! I started with a 10 week term, and have chosen to continue until the end of the year! Very patient and understanding, she teaches practical and relevant language skills, and is very supportive. I would highly recommend Elli to anyone wanting to start learning Mandarin!
June 07, 2016

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Chinese Classes:

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Private tutoring

For people who need to learn Mandarin or Japanese at their own pace, we offer intensive or weekly private tutoring to ensure you can reach your goal in the most effective way. Read here to find out if a class or private tutoring suits you.

You can join our private lesson in-person or on-line. Our on-line private lesson is no avaiable to book and pay by credit card online.

Company training

Language training is one of the best skills up for your employees. We have tailored company training programs for different industries: tourism, real estate, league and export. For more details, please visit our Mandarin & Japanese company training courses.


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A Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” [Chinese proverb]

About Lyrebird Language Centre

Set up in 2008, here at the Lyrebird language centre, we see you as individuals with individual needs. We understand the sometimes frustrating process of learning a language, however, we also understand the rewarding feeling you get when you do master it. That is why we base our Mandarin and Japnese courses similar to the way the lyrebird is able to mimic its surroundings, by making it part of your everyday life. Using this process you will soon find it effortless, simply second nature.

We specialised in teaching Chinese (Mandarin) and Japanese. Our students are from 4 years old to 90 years old. Small class, great fun!

We received excellent feedback on Google Review. If you want to know more about our Chinese & Japanese classes in Brisbane, please read the feedback from our students.

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Our Campus:

Aspley Campus:

We have been teaching Chinese and Japanese classes at the Aspley State School for many years. The classes are on Saturday (8:15 – 12:00) and Sunday (9:30 – 12:30) for all levels. We have classes for preschool kids, primary school students, high school students and adults.

Easy to park at the staff car park and space for class activities inside the library.

Brisbane City Campus:

We are opening new Chinese classes and Japanese classes in Brisbane City. Our new Brisbane CBD campus is based at St. James Colledge. The Chinese class and Japanese class will be on Tuesday 4:00 – 5:30 pm for high school students after school and 6:00 – 7:30 pm for professionals after work. We also have classes on Sunday 2:30 – 4:00 pm for busy people. Plenty of car parks.

Zoom Campus:

Most of our adult Japanese and Chinese classes are now online. You can now join our Japanese or Chinese classes on Zoom from anywhere, save your traffic time and parking fees.

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